Tracee Ellis Ross to executive produce and star as Jodie in Daria spinoff

Jodie will mark the first adult animated show in nearly two decades starring a black woman.

June 13, 2019
Tracee Ellis Ross to executive produce and star as Jodie in <i>Daria</i> spinoff VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

Twenty-two years after Daria initially premiered, the beloved animated series is coming back in full force. Today, it was announced that a spin-off centered around Daria's level-headed pal Jodie Landon, titled Jodie, is in the works over at MTV Studios. The show will be written by Grace Nkenge Edwards (of Insecure). Tracee Ellis Ross will executive produce, as well as voice the titular character.

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"Being able to give voice to fresh, feminist and unexplored stories of young women excites me," Ross said in a press release. "With the brilliant, sweet and sarcastic black-girl magic that is Jodie Landon, we will feature a diverse cast, comprised mainly of unapologetically smart and ambitious young female characters who are vulnerable and flawed and interesting and funny. As a very cool bonus, Jodie will be the first adult animated show in almost 20 years that will star a black woman."

While there's not yet an official date attached to Jodie, expect an entire slate of legacy MTV shows in the near future: late last year, MTV Studios detailed a reboot of the iconic Celebrity Deathmatch starring Ice Cube.

Tracee Ellis Ross to executive produce and star as Jodie in Daria spinoff